Back from the whirlwind bday extravaganza. It was the most fun EVER. One friend drove down from Oregon, and one of my very best friends in the world drove up from L.A. there were 11-13 of us at any one time.
Food was great, although of course I overbought - and some people actually cancelled last minute, which was fine, so we just didn’t end up cooking everything and a lot of it is frozen and will be used for our next trip up there - the annual after-labor-day weekend trip.
there was LOTS of bubbles quaffed all weekend, plus my favorite Spanish vermouth and assorted different cocktails, and a case of an assortment of wines curated by this wonderful wine shop, so we did a red tasting Fri. night and the whites on Saturday. Hangover only bad yesterday morning though! we ended up taking a 5 mile walk on the beach all together Saturday, which was great, and then a much shorter little flashlight-lit hike in the hills above the house last night after dinner.
We went through literally 8-10 baguettes, and there was some challah that got eaten too. and some got made into bread pudding.
i think i elaborated on the menu above already. so i’ll just put short titles under each pic.
Very tired now, but happy I got to spend so much time with the best people in the world.
figs with thyme, goat cheese, Mike’s Hot Honey, and a splash of rose water.
the conservas - we went through only about half of these (friends brought others directly from Barcelona, too). We ate them with cultured butter on bread.
The mussels - i bought them already cooked/shelled from my seafood monger and removed the inner (what, foot?) chewy business, marinated them in olive oil i’d simmered garlic in, champagne vinegar, and Pimenton dulce. they turned out fabulous.
My gazpacho, made with peppers/tomatoes/beets and garlic. Absolutely fantastic.
Our host made tomatoes confit - to die for…
A tapa i’ve been making forever from an old tapas book - aguacate crema tostadas. basically an aioli with avo, with toasted cumin on top (which i forgot, so that’s pimenton and ground cumin, served with bread.
the Friday night spread…
friends made a beautiful peach pie…
which i had for bfast Sat. morning. with Bi-Rite vanilla bean ice cream.
all of our favorite dip- cambozola gets mashed and blended slowly with heavy whipping cream, s&p, and drizzled with good evoo. so freaking good.
friends’ daughter made bread pudding. one of my favorite desserts ever. this one with a little rose water and cardamom.
my favorite of the whites - going to pick up a few bottles for myself.
gambas al ajillo with pimenton. i’m mad at myself - i didn’t season with enough salt!
but my GF’s setas al ajillo were perfect so if you ate them together… yum.
Salad with my green goddess dressing…
lots of champers/cava - Veuve was a bday gift from my bestie from L.A.
Oregon friend brought his flourless chocolate cake and wonderful bottle of port.
virtuous bfast - someone made scrambled eggs with the shrooms and shrimp. of course, i followed this up with some of the Chorizo bread i’d brought.
oops! i posted that before i was finished! here’s everything now.
AND - ETA: I just realized that not pictured is the salmon filets I rubbed with a coffee/brown sugar/smoked paprika rub, and the 5 kinds of sausages we grilled! And my Frenchy potato salad with capers! #toomuchbubbly
i am not getting on a scale until next week!